Food & Drink

New shop on North Lime seeks to excel at coffee and doughnuts

North Lime Coffee and Donuts is open seven days a week, with late hours Thursday through Saturday.
North Lime Coffee and Donuts is open seven days a week, with late hours Thursday through Saturday. Herald-Leader

Doughnut lovers no longer have to satisfy their cravings before lunchtime. The new North Lime Coffee and Donuts, at 575 North Limestone at Sixth Street, is open later than most bakeries. It doesn't close until as late as 11 p.m. some days.

Joe Ross said he and friends Heidi Hays and Teddy Ray talked about how there were lots of places in Lexington to get great coffee or great pastries, but there was no place that did a standout job with both. They decided to fix that, Ross said.

The doughnuts, 85 cents to $2, are made in the store, and the coffee, $1.75 to $4.75, is roasted locally by Nathan Polly of Nate's Coffee, who is also the barista at North Lime. The store also sells Italian sodas, tea, hot chocolate and a full line of espresso, and kolaci, a sweet bread made with nuts, egg whites and sugar paste that's rolled and baked.

October's doughnut of the month is pumpkin spice with a gingersnap crust.

Hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 414-6654 or go to

Special events

West Sixth Brewing, 501 West Sixth Street, is celebrating Oktoberfest on Saturday with the release of a new beer, DankeChain. Limited-release pint glasses will be available along with German dishes provided by the Fork in the Road food truck.

Saturday is also this month's Sixth for a Cause, the day every month when West Sixth gives 6 percent of its proceeds to a local charity. This month's organization is FoodChain, a non-profit group working on sustainable food education. FoodChain will host a dunking booth from 4 to 8 p.m. featuring local personalities.

■ On Monday, Ramsey's Diners will begin their annual Fall Harvest Festival Daze. The restaurants will add organic acorn squash, baked sweet potatoes, sweet potato casserole, fresh broccoli and broccoli casserole to its rotating vegetable selection. Go to for locations.

Thai Orchid Café will host Noodle Fest at West Sixth Brewery from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to

Horseshoe Bend Vineyards in Willisburg is having Dine Among the Vines on Oct. 14 to introduce its newest vintage, a malbec blend called The Red Jester. The dinner, conceived to complement the wine, will be prepared by Nick Sullivan, chef de cuisine at 610 Magnolia in Louisville. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30. The cost is $75. Call (859) 375-0296. The winery is at 1187 Lawson Lane.


The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, has added a line of cocktails to its menu. Included are fall meet Manhattan" (Bulleit bourbon, orange bitters, spiced simple syrup, sweet vermouth); Big Apple (apple brandy, cinnamon sweet vermouth, apple juice); "falling leaf" (pear juice, agave nectar, Cointreau, Peychauds bitters, champagne); and Cape Cod fireside (cranberry vodka, orange bitters, Tuaca liqueur and cranberry juice). Call (859) 226-0300.

■ The October menu at Greentree Tearoom celebrates fall. Included are roasted red pepper soup, oatmeal scone with orange marmalade, broccoli and smoked gouda frittata, spiced butternut squash, Mediterranean tuna salad and olive nut tea sandwiches, and bourbon chocolate pots de crème. Greentree is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers' Market will have tomatoes, winter squash, eggplant, peppers, raspberries, baked goods, soup bean mix, sweet potatoes, eggs, herb seasoning and pumpkins. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot. Go to